International Day of Action Against DRM – May 3rd

International Day of Action Against DRM – May 3rd

On Tuesday 3 May 2016, the world comes together to say “No!” to Digital Restrictions Management DefectivebyDesign.org is calling for a global day of action on 3 May to protest against DRM. Who are DefectivebyDesign.org? DefectivebyDesign.org is an international, participatory and grassroots campaign which unites a wide range of projects, public interest organisations, web sites and individuals in exposing DRM-encumbered devices and media for what they […]

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Press Freedom Declining Around the World

Press Freedom Declining Around the World

Every year Reporters Without Borders (RSF) compile an index of press freedom around the world. The index has been published since 2002 and measures the state of press freedom in 182 countries. It measures “the media freedom situation based on an evaluation of pluralism, independence of the media, quality of legislative framework and safety of journalists in each country”. The data is compiled through a […]

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Choosing the Best VPN (Comparing +140 services)

Choosing the Best VPN (Comparing +140 services)

With the increase of surveillance the need for protecting your activity online becomes more urgent. A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a direct encrypted connection with another computer in a different place/country. The communication between your two computers is encrypted and all your browsing will go first through that other computer. Thus it will hide your online activity and protect your integrity. There are many reasons to have […]

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Interview with the Director of the International Modern Media Initiative

Interview with the Director of the International Modern Media Initiative

The Pirate Times connected with Guðjón Idir in Iceland to ask some questions about the International Modern Media Institute that is running a crowd funding campaign. Its aim is to form Iceland and other nations into a “Switzerland of Bits.” Guðjón Idir became IMMI’s Executive Director in January 2014. His background is in philosophy, psychology and activism. He has a passion for information freedom, human rights […]

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Birgitta Jonsdottir and her Speech at the Inter-Parliamentary Union

Birgitta Jonsdottir and her Speech at the Inter-Parliamentary Union

Birgitta Jónsdóttir wrote a speech for the debate at the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). The Union “brings together parliamentarians to study international problems and make recommendations for action”. The IPU was formerly known as the Inter-Parliamentary Conference and has held 134 statutory assemblies and conferences between nations since 1889. The following speech was held by Birgitta at the latest assembly which took place in Lusaka, Zambia on the 19 […]

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Icelandic Pirates on the Verge of Government – Can we help?

Icelandic Pirates on the Verge of Government – Can we help?

How to help Icelandic Pirates is a rather difficult question to answer. With only three MPs the party does not get much funding from the state. They still need to rely mainly on their members and supporters to fund them. We, in the international pirate community, can’t send money (nor any form of material assistance) as that is forbidden by law for political parties. Is […]

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EU Consultation on Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

EU Consultation on Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights

The European Commission is currently holding a consultation to modernize the enforcement of Intellectual Property rights. They are looking for your input until 5 April 2016: In its Digital Single Market strategy the Commission committed to undertake a set of targeted actions which aim to foster the cross-border digital economy but also aim to ensure a safe online environment for business operators and consumers […] It will […]

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DiEM25: A Manifesto Close to European Pirates

DiEM25: A Manifesto Close to European Pirates

The ‘Democracy in Europe Movement 2025′ (DiEM25) was launched by its instigator Yannis Varoufakis, the former Greek Minister of Finance, on 9 February 2016 in Berlin. DiEM25, a cross European left-wing movement, attracted Pirates’ attention because of its similarities. The movements hold similar positions on democracy, citizens’ participation on decision making, transparency, decentralization and criticizing corporate lobbyists for their influence on politics in Europe. Varoufakis, in his […]

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A Pirate Sailing the Seas!

A Pirate Sailing the Seas!

The Kon-Tiki II expedition have started to sail their rafts from Peru to Rapa Nui (Easter Island) – and back! This adventure was first made in two rafts by the Norwegian biologist and explorer Thor Heyerdahl in 1947. The adventure started from Lima (Capital city of Peru) to Rapa Nui (Chile). Now the Kon-Tiki II crew have “copied the rafts from pre-historic and early history based on archeological […]

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Re-decentralizing and reclaiming the internet #netcom15

Re-decentralizing and reclaiming the internet #netcom15

On 1 October 2015, the European Green Group, The Commons Network and the Heinrich Böll Foundation arranged a conference about re-decentralizing and reclaiming the internet for all. The conference was called ‘Internet as a Commons: Public Space in the Digital Age’. The first panel debate was about ‘the big picture’. It featured Renata Avila, Aral Balkan, Jennifer Baker and Nicole Dewandre in the panel. They […]

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